Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21652 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
It's a somewhat volatile investment... I wouldn't be surprised if at least some of its recent appreciation was due to people seeking refuge from USD devaluation.
I have no substantial knowledge of the issue, but I'm rather sceptical about gold being a generic safe haven or particularly profitable in the long or even medium term with the economic environment we've got.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
Quoting Klaus (Reply 1): Apart from the peaks there seems to be a curious absence of inflation-compensating appreciation over the long term if I'm reading this right...
Here's an interesting article in which the author has adjusted the price of gold for inflation. It's food for thought for the gold bugs who always seem to emerge when financial institutions are under pressure as they are today, mostly due to making improvident investments in snake oil commoditized mortgage securities and their derivatives.
I remember the exact day that gold crashed in 1980. I was driving along Imperial Highway in Los Angeles in my Ford Fiesta listening to the radio. It briefly spiked to over $800 on local markets that morning as I recall.
If you'd bought gold at or near the high before the bubble burst, you'd be below this guy's chart and off the page at this date and time.
How come you're afraid of inflation? Do you think your favoured party may win the next elections?
Anyway, I'd definitely not invest into gold. With inflation being very moderate, and interest rates rising, there is more attractive investments if you are looking for safe options. Tagesgeld rates are close to 5%, with inflation being below 2%. That makes a net return of some 3%, without notable risks.
If you want to gamble, you should make sure that you know what you gamble with. Judging from your above question, you don't (neither do I, so no offense intended). Thus, investing into gold is as good as playing the lottery.
And finally: seeking advice in internet forums is as smart for investments as it is for dating...
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
I invested this morning in 100 sharesof Air France,who have been dropping throughout the last 12 days and lost 15 % in six weeks.
There is of course the risk that they keep dropping-but that's a calculated risk I take,considering the excellent basic parameters of the airline.
Personally I prefer the gamble of stock-exchange -the risk is clearly higher but the rewards in case of success usually leveraged as compared to investment in Gold.Air France is undervalued and will gain again until 30-40 €/share (currently 25,43 - I bought at 25.34 ) )
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
Gold bugs get schtupped on a regular basis too.
Back in the day, a guy who worked in the shop got a settlement for a car accident he was in-it was about $50,000 1980 dollars. He put it all into something called Goldex, which was a trading outfit that would trade your account for you, buying and selling gold. So he quit his job, and a couple weeks later he showed up to pick up his rollaway and asked me, rhetorically, "How does it feel to have to work for a living?" At that point he was up about $40,000 on paper.
Well, then gold took a dump, just like Klaus' chart shows. He lost his gains, his original $50,000 and went negative. Some rather rough characters came looking for him, and last i heard he'd decamped to somewhere in Vermont.
HuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2034 times:
Buying gold is definitely not a safe investment, and you definitely shouldn't expect any kind of return on it.
Silver did the same thing in 1979-1980. My dad deals a lot in gold and silver bullion and he knows a LOT of people that absolutely lost their shirt in gold and silver speculation back then. The Hunt brothers had cornered the silver market in 1979 and drove the price up from $5 to $54 (IIRC) in less than a year by late 1979. Other speculators jumped in to make fast money, but the Federal Reserve intervened, and on March 27, 1980 (my dad remembers the day not too fondly) the floor on silver dropped out. The Hunt brothers, by the way, ended up declaring bankruptcy and was convicted for conspiracy to manipulate the silver market.
RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7887 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3): Its very common out here that Indians spend a lot on Gold.
And kept as their backup for financial emergencies.
There are two types of buying gold.
1 - Investing in a fund or other account which buys gold or shares in a gold venture - key point - no physical possession of the gold
2 - Purchase of actual gold with physical possession
The first type plans for the price of gold to go up and being able to sell the investment for a profit in the future - usually short term.
The second type isn't so much worried about the value of gold, but the value of their other investments and sources of funds. The concern is that either other investments will fail, banks will fail, or currency will be worthless.
The second type of buying often occurs in unstable countries - though cultural history of such in the past may make people, especially older people, feel the physical purchase of gold is necessary.
I suspect the OP was speaking of the first type of purchase (and no I don't see where gold has performed as well as other investments over the past few decades - gold is just as subject to speculative price changes as any stock)
I suspect the second instance concerns the folks in India.
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2004 times:
People lining up in front of banks in Britain? I saw this a few minutes ago and I really thought it was a joke, I can't find much online about it either. But is it true that some major banks in Britain are in danger of failing?
My internet was not shut down, the internet has shut me down
BarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
Quoting Klaus (Reply 4): How much does your currency fluctuate?
The Rupee has an informal loose peg on the dollar - the central bank attempts to keep the rate stable and prevent rapid fluctuations unless it finds it much too untenable. When the situation becomes hard to manage, they let it move to a new equilibrium and try to maintain it. For example, the Rupee appreciated 10% vs the dollar this year after two fiscals of over 9% GDP growth caused massive capital inflows over $30 billion last year, putting pressure on the currency to appreciate. But once it reached a stable high, the central bank intervened to prevent further movement in the last 2-3 months.
The vast majority of gold consumption in India is by private buyers and is culturally driven. We are the largest gold consumer in the world, and have been so for several years. The marriage and festival season typically sees the peak of annual gold consumption. The government is trying to initiate a gold bond program to unlock the latent capital in gold, which probably runs into several hundreds of billions of dollars right now. In the past, this wasn't successful because of chronic inflation, but now the situation is different, and a bond measure may work.
RJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
Quoting HuskyAviation (Reply 9): Buying gold is definitely not a safe investment, and you definitely shouldn't expect any kind of return on it.
I disagree with the first assertation and agree with latter one. I have over 50k in gold bullion in my possesion. Not certificates but the actual gold. It's a hedge against real inflation brought on by a large scale calamity that disrupts the national economy. Gold is gold, it rarely loses a lot of its value yet when the chips are down, people will take it when other types currency might be considered suspect or have lost a lot of its value. In addition Gold can't go bankrupt because someone cooked the books or a terrrorist flew an airplane into a building.
If you are buying on the assumption of making a profit in the short term, gold probably isn't quite the investment your looking for. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a completely safe investment that will always be worth something, and plan on keeping it for the long haul, then gold bullion, as a part of your total investment strategy would be my suggestion.
Spot gold prices in London rose to $726 an ounce, just below the 27-year high of $730 an ounce reached in May 2006. It later traded at $722.65.
Gold prices in the Comex futures market in New York jumped overnight to a 27-year high of $735 a troy ounce as investors took refuge in the bullion from a weakening US dollar.
My gold cost $375 an ounce when I bought it in 2005.
Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 18): Though personally, I invest in some productive farm land. Even the guy with gold wants to eat.
Yeah but you have to pay taxes on it in the meantime.
I'm not complaining about the performance of my precious metal mutual funds, trailing 4 week returns of 24% . Fortunately I'd been watching it dip by about 24% in the four weeks leading up to that and bought in just before it hit the bottom
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CupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
I suggest the best way to invest in gold is to buy shares in a gold producer. Someone like Newmont, Lihir Gold, etc or Anglo American/BHP/Rio Tinto if you want a diversified mining play.
Benefit of owning shares in a gold miner is you get the benefit of liquidity of any other share, but also the "tangibility" that is the value of the company share is almost wholly linked to the gold price, in effect you will own something that tracks the gold price, without its illiquid nature.
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